I like Chrome OS. It is simple and straightforward… but I wish it could do more. I tried installing Linux Mint with Crouton a few months back and somehow the install became corrupt and inaccessible. Blah. So I trudged on with Chrome OS again. A few days ago I came across an article about dual booting with some tips from MrChromeBox. Thank you Mr.C! He suggested booting with Gallium OS, a Linux distro designed specifically for *gasp* Chromebooks!
I used the CHRX process – which worked great!
It was a bit of a process – fortunately, I didn’t mess around with any screws on my Lenovo N21 to setup and install the OS. It is amazing! (This is a great review if you want more detail) I now have a fully functioning Linux distro on my Chromebook. It really feels like a new system. It runs great – as well as Chrome OS – but with all the apps and functionality of Linux. The cherry on top – it uses XFCE as the graphical interface. My UX of choice. I did a dual boot but haven’t returned to Chrome OS yet…
Goodbye, my sweetest Friend.
Your irreplaceable presence,
Tragically, suddenly, extinguished,
Has ripped a hole in my heart.
My soul now laden with grief.
So much undone,
So much unsaid,
The Band stands silent, motionless,
Heads down, somber.
You will be missed,
Absolutely gutted. Maybe I’ll come back to this entry in the future.
A great way to close out one of the final weekends of the Summer is to drive down to T.O. for a concert and visit the CNE. That is exactly what we did. We were fortunate to have tickets for Serena Ryder and legends Blue Rodeo. It has been er… decades? since the last time I was at the CNE. It is pretty much the same. A lot of people, sounds, smells and things to do. We dropped in for food (and since our concert tickets got us in for free) and to wander around a bit.
I was looking for the Rush Pop! but I think it is actually at a separate convention with its own entrance fee, so alas, it seems it isn’t meant to be. The first order of business was to find some food. I was hoping to get a unique and interesting meal from one of the many food trucks at the CNE. I guess I was hyped on food trucks from some of the great food I’ve seen from various foodie tv series. But alas – the options were ultimately disappointing and uninspiring. My Philly steak from Philthy Phillys was very ordinary and bland (the staff was nice tho), bdot fared better with Fish n’ Chips from Gourmet Guyz. We did a quick loop inside one of the exhibition halls then made our way over to the Budweiser stage. (Oh, and beer at the venue was $16.50!! lolZ)
I’ve been cursed lately anytime I attend a concert with assigned seating. If there are one or two people ruining the concert experience at the entire show, I guarantee they will be sitting in my row. This show was no exception. Two clowns beside bdot were ridiculous the entire show. When the couple weren’t groping each other, they were taking selfies with their camera light ON (the only one I could see on at the entire venue) blinding tons of people. It was beyond gregariously obnoxious. They were bumping into people – it was really starting to set me off. Many of the people around us made a comment to us when they were gone (I assumed to get off in a dark corner somewhere)… they were incredibly rude and selfish and even made some flippant comment about Serena. *eyeroll* I hope they step a large lego and lost their car keys. Dicks.
I’ve never seen Serena before but bdot has a few times. I was quite impressed with her and her really solid band. They rocked and got the crowd primed for Blue Rodeo.
Blue Rodeo was simply amazing and completely captivating. Each song included long virtuosic solos by nearly everyone on stage, and lasted 8-9 minutes long each. They may be getting up there in age but that didn’t show in the performance. It was spot on. The live version of ‘Diamond Mine‘ was exhilarating. They closed the night by bringing Serena on stage for an extended version of ‘Lost Together‘. I’m not sure how much longer Blue Rodeo will be together so I’m glad we caught these Canadian legends.
It was a fun night in T.O. Parking, while expensive actually worked out pretty well and we got out of the lot rather painlessly. I think that was a first. As we were leaving the show the San Pellegrino staff were handing out their chilled bevvies for free. Their lemon and peach with tea were actually really good and perfect for a hot night. Yum.
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We enjoyed last week at the cottage we have been holidaying at for a few years in Apsley. With the exception of a day, we had beautiful weather and enjoyed the majority of the time on the dock and in the warm Jack Lake water. We spent the week with BBB’s family. Packing was the usual nightmare but it didn’t compare to the drive up and back. OMG. We tried a new system to strap down the SUP to the roof. Yes, it didn’t wobble as much but sweet zombie jesus, the strap noise was a shrill, non-stop torture. We tried many things to stop the painful sound but nothing dulled its menace. We thought it was the long strap that ran along the board so we surrounded it in a pool noodle on the drive home. That did nothing. So… either it was the large, sideways strap or there isn’t a way to make the screaming stop. The sound occurred over 50km…. on a 3hr drive. We had no choice but to endure… We will try another strap system because that sound could bring on a mental breakdown.
Bdot took full advantage of her SUP – she used it at least once, pretty much every day. She even beat us across the bay for ice cream, so she has become quite proficient on her board. I tried the ‘cottage SUP’ and it was fun for rec use but any type of serious paddling and it was like controlling a cement truck down a slalom course.
We also brought our Mountain Bikes which we took to Silent Lake for a ridhutse. And oh what a ride. We are used to well groomed, well-travelled trails… the trail at Silent Lake is NOT either, and we did the better yellow section. It was really bumpy and challenging. I even got tossed once after a bump/rut combo. I was a little stiff, but no serious harm. The bike trail follows the ski trail up and down hills through woods and fields. It was a monstrous work out. We took brief refuge in one of the ski warm up huts. Eventually, we thought we were close to done. We came to a split in the trail between staying on the Yellow/Blue trail or parking lot, we assumed the yellow trial would eventually lead us to the parking lot. It did not. It looped back to the hut we just came from… so, in our tired state, we did the loop again. While the trail was pretty fun, I think I would look for other options in the area to ride again. The blue trail that left from the Ski hut was really difficult and clearly saw much less activity. Go figure. I think my legs have finally forgiven me.
Midway through the week, we had a dreadful storm. It was pretty intense, I’d say even a low grade hurricane or micro-burst. It knocked down a few trees on the property and tossed off some heavy deck chairs into the bay. There was debris mess everywhere… I can’t recall a worse storm I’ve seen in person. (Other than Winter)
We had a few visitors during the week. Jess came for a night on her BMW motorcycle. Also, Vicky and her kids came for a night. This ratcheted up the noise level considerably. It was quite a contrast to the relative quiet of the final day with just the two couples.
In the past we have been able to catch a considerable number of ‘eating size’ fish. But this visit all we caught were small ‘throw back’ fish. Hmmpt.
Over two nights, Buck and I watched the final games of the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. The Canada/U.S. game was pretty incredible. Back and forth the entire game. It literally went down to the final second where Canada scored a controversial, unreviewable, goal… The broadcast showed the puck entered the net AFTER the 0.00 so it shouldn’t have counted. But the refs had no means to review and it would be impossible to make the perfect call in real time. Canada went on to win in OT. They played Sweden for gold. It was a much easier game for Canada – who, by the middle of the third were up a few goals, and it appeared that the Sweds threw in the towel. So it was gold for Canada with an asterisk.
It was a fun week for sure. We all got a lot of Sun and ate really well, relaxed and enjoyed the time together.
It looks like Humber has accepted me. It is a curious process as the application bounces between the OntarioCollege website and Humber. The confirmation has yet to show on Humber’s site. Hmpt.
Thanks to my Mom for the cookies and watching Zappycat.
Website note: The look of the blog is under development. There are various font inconsistencies that need to be stomped out. Found google is a great resource for interesting fonts.
Huh, there is a new Medieval animated series on Netflix called Disenchantment.
Bdot has had some time off, so we were lucky enough to score a few days alone at her sister’s cottage. Bdot has been on a quest for a StandUp Paddleboard (SUP) for a few weeks now. She had a line on a Blu Wave SUP (The Catalina 11.4) but wanted to test paddle a few other SUPs first to compare. She was able to do so at Swift which had a ton of boards and a great area to test paddle. She tried a bunch out and was impressed with the Blu Wave Woody but ultimately settled on the great deal that was available for the Catalina. She was a natural on the SUP. I was okay. While I was able to get up and keep my balance, I found the constant need to shift and adjust on a SUP, over a long period of time, took away from the enjoyment. So while at the cottage, she enjoyed her SUP and I enjoyed her sister’s Rec kayak. We got out for a few paddles. The area around the cottage is ripe for exploration, with little islands, bays and curious cottages everywhere. It was a relaxing few days there.
We’ve transported a lot of outdoor/rec equipment on the car… but the straps we have for SUP caused us a lot of consternation while it was strapped onto the roof. We aren’t used to things shifting and vibrating on the roof – so we stopped a bunch of times to check it. It really is secure, and it is intended to shift a bit since the board sits on foam… but it is difficult to turn your worrying brain. We’ve got another way to secure the SUP which we will test out tomorrow…
Earlier in the week, we enjoyed a killer ride in Albion Hills. We became acquainted with some of the park’s wonderful single track trails: Gnarly Berms, BMBC Twister and Woo Wu. Mountain biking is super fun and super exhausting.
Tomorrow we are off to Apsley for a week. We have rented a cottage with BBB and family. We are hoping for decent weather and a fun week.
Today we hiked some Bruce Trail near Terra Cotta. It was a bit buggy, but a lovely area. Wolf Lake is really just Wolf Bog. *snort* We have certainly had a pretty active week.
Also picked out a new pair of glasses after extensive consultation with bdot. Of course, it was the one frame not available anywhere…
I’ve decided to return to school to update my web development skills. Returning to school isn’t my first choice, but, it certainly seems necessary. I’ve applied to the Web Design and Development program at Humber. I thought about returning to Sheridan, which I really enjoyed, but it is sooooooooo far…. The application is in the queue. I’m not sure how long it will take to hear back.
Yesterday we had the great plan to drive up to Barrie, run some errands then met up with my BiL for a trail ride. It was raining when we left but the weather network said <1mm after 1pm so we figured by the time we got to his place, tuned up the bikes (thanks again JP) that we still would have plenty of time for a ride. Well, we waited and waited for the rain to let up... moving on past 4pm and it was still POURING. By this time a ride was impossible as we had to get home for the dog and make dinner. As we were leaving the rain stopped. *eyeroll* Yep.
JP was amazing with his attention to our new bikes. Cleaned them up, got rid of the tacky reflectors, regripped and gave both bikes a tune-up, in addition to a quick tutorial on how to remove a tube from the bike. Bdot preferred the reverse bdot method. We managed a short visit as well. My sister is racing in Chicago.
It looks like more rain early this week too. Hmmmpt.
Bdot got a ton of useful info on SUPs which she is looking into getting. The MEC staff (Taylor) was very helpful.
It was a recovery and preparation week for camping at Bon Echo. Bdot did pretty much everything as I was restricted to not lift anything more than 15lbs. Hmmpt. Which mean you can do pretty much nothing when it comes to camping gear. We were mostly packed by Wednesday and left Thursday. As usual, we grossly overpacked, the car couldn’t fit a loaf of bread when we finally left. It was a pretty long drive to Bon Echo Provincial Park, near home for Bdot. We arrived to a massive parade of Deerflies that followed the car all the way to our site in Hardwood. This was our first visit to Bon Echo – we pretty had to take the site that was available. We weren’t aware that Hardwood is basically a separate section from the main camping area at Bon Echo. It was a long bumping drive to our site. We were oddly the only campers in our loop the first, delightfully quiet night. Now back to the bugs… good lord, the bugs… yes, of course, I expect mosquitos and deerflies when I camp. But I don’t expect them to be UNRELENTING FOR HOURS on end. We probably would have left Friday if bdot hadn’t packed the screened dining tent. It was a life saver for sure. The other craptastic thing we discovered late, was that a fire ban was in place. So no evening fires, no roasting marshmallows and no cooking over coals. That turned out to be hugely disappointing. The site itself was quite nice: Tall trees, and massive roads were strewn about with ample space for all our gear.
Friday we had an incredible day canoeing on massive Mazinaw Lake. All along one side of the lake were incredible tall cliffs (see above). Some of the cliffs had faded Indigenous pictographs which were pretty cool to see up close. After the canoe voyage, we ventured out of the park for ice. We found a great store that had all the stuff we were looking for called The Maz. Bdot is looking for a Stand Up Paddleboard and the owner answered a bazillion of her questions about them. We had a nice chat with the owner about dogs while enjoying some Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream. Black Raspberry Thunder. OMG. A great store – highly recommended if you need anything while camping at Bon Echo.
Unfortunately, as we expected, the sites around us filled in Friday night. They filled in with noisy, selfish campers. It was supposed to be a radio free zone. NOPE. It was supposed to be a fire ban. NOPE. It was supposed to quiet after 11AM. NOPE. 12? NOPE. 1AM NOPE. 2??? NO. 3!!!? Finally. Yes these drunken assholes kept me up all night long, screaming, yelling and noise noise noise. I don’t care if I sound like an old get-off-my-lawn bastard, the noise was ridiculous. Where the hell were the park patrols?? We saw them three times the night before, but when they were actual laws to enforce – nothing. That soured my opinion of Bon Echo greatly. It should be a family friendly park not a nightclub. I get having a few beers and a good time but carrying on like teenagers at Spring Break in Florida should be unacceptable at a Provincial Park. Grrr…..
We slept in late due to the lack of sleep. Saturday we spent more of the day at the main beach. There was a nice breeze so it was pretty chill. We made the mistake trying one of the trails. MY GOD. What a mistake. I don’t know why we didn’t turn around but we didn’t. We literally jogged the 1km loop attacked by mosquitos and blackflies THE ENTIRE TIME. It will henceforth be known as the 2nd worst hike ever. (Yes, Cold Creek was still worse) If that wasn’t enough, we followed the road presumably home and not the path. Well, we have no idea where the road was going but it wasn’t back to the beach. So in the baking Sun, still being bombarded non-stop by insects we were getting pretty pissed off. Fortunately, we eventually found a trail that connected us back to the beach area. By this time, however, we were spitting daggers. We contemplated another miserable night of noise and opted just to pack up and return home. There were certainly some good aspects to Bon Echo, but there was also some substantial downs as well.
I finished another Potter book while at Bon Echo. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The books continue to be enthralling.
The World Cup final was mildly disappointing. Sadly the key play was a judgment call made with VAR. I didn’t think it was conclusive either way. After the PK Croatia had to gamble and it resulted in odd man rushes against them that France capitalized on. I think Croatia played a better overall game but France was better at taking advantage of what few chances they had. Ultimately, I don’t mind the France win, it is better than a roll-around-on-the-ground nation. *cough* *Brazil* *cough* *Columbia* I was surprised Russia held such a trouble free games. I was expecting a lot of Putin-esque BS.
Ba-ZING-a should be illegal.
Watched Vietnam War: Ken Burns. Excellent documentary.
I guess I owe the blog an update! We are often away during weekends in the Summer, and this year is no exception. Two weekends ago we spent the weekend at my SiL’s cottage. It was oppressively hot, felt like upper 30s… So being near the water was wonderful. We were greeted by Black Sabbath blasting from an LP, I thought that was an exalted welcome. (We ended up listing to the whole album after we got settled…) Due to the extreme heat – most of the activities involved the boat or chilling by the lake. We enjoyed a lovely cruise navigated by Captain Liam one night, the (above) sunset was quite nice. The major outing was a boat trip to The Waubic. This included a voyage through Big Chute and its interesting lock.
It was a stupidly hot day. Once we arrived at the Waubic we were told the heat had taken out a number of their appliances (including a beer fridge – RIP) – so they were having a horrible day trying to keep up with orders. Frankly, I’m surprised they stayed open. But the staff admirably trudged through, what I’m sure, was an awful day for them. It was NOT reflected in their attitude. Remarkably, they remained welcoming and relaxed. So – in spite of the ridiculously long way for our delicious food, we didn’t complain. The World Cup was on and Flying Monkey’s were on site – so there was plenty of distraction. I would return, I was impressed by the Waubic. I thought it was neat to boat to a restaurant too. Not too surprisingly, all the Sun took its toll on me. I was wiped out by the time we returned to the cottage. I spent most of the night in bed with a headache. Sigh.
While at the cottage, I talked SNES Classic with Bdot’s BiL. Apparently the system is very hackable, with low risk… I tried it when I got home and added tons of games to the system flawlessly. I was a little disappointed initially with the games but with the hack, and the ability to add vitually any SNES game, the system is a good buy.
The rest of the weekend was spent eating, reading, swimming and relaxing. Typical cottage weekend. It was a good time.
We have a lot of gardens on our property. Seven big garden beds. Keeping them (and the lawn) watered consistently is difficult and time-consuming. We have spent a good deal of money on landscaping, plants and the exterior of the property – so in a small way – we wanted to protect our investment. So we had a sprinkler system installed last week. To attempt to keep the cost down we helped with the prep and install. I moved tons of pea gravel and we both helped with the install. *eyeroll* It saved us a measly $200 bucks, which, IMHO, was waaaaaaaaaay less than the time and effort we put into it. Nevertheless, the plants and lawns are now on a schedule and we don’t have to worry about them when we are away throughout the hot Summer days.
The big news story over the past few weeks was the rescue of the Thai Boy’s Soccer team that was trapped in a cave for over a week. In a rare instance, the World seemed to pull together and join forces to mount the rescue. Divers and resources from all over the World were brought in to save the boys. Miraculously, ALL the boys and the coach got out alive. It was an incredible story of the power of unity. It is a shame it happens so rarely. Sadly a Thai Navy Seal died during the rescue.
The World Cup is down to three team for the Cup: France, England and Croatia. England and Croatia square off today. The games have been good with the exception off all the embarrassing theatrics by some of the players. Neymar acted like such a baby the internet memed him badly. I’m hoping for a England/France final.
We are camping at Bon Echo this weekend. Sadly we just found out there is a fire ban there, so that is disappointing.
I’m such a sucker for Linux Mint. We have a long on and off relationship. We are dating again. I’ve installed 19 on the laptop. So far it is solid. Which I say every time until it isn’t….
I got snipped yesterday. That was a very unpleasant experience.
Bdot went home this weekend – so I was bacheloring it all weekend. Sadly it rained most of the weekend, so I didn’t get any hiking in. So it was a quiet weekend of World Cup and running a few errands. I finally went to EB Games to pick up a Super NES Classic. It is really small. The UI is pretty decent. I’ve only played a few games but they are fun. Strangely there is NO UI to control audio. So there doesn’t appear to be a way to escape the dreadful looping audio in the RPGs. *eyeroll*
We spent hours trying to find a way to stream video for Bdot’s parents from OneDrive on an iPad to Chromecast. We couldn’t find a way to do it. We did learn the file format works best if it is .MP4 (you can rename .MPV to .MP4). The only option was to stream file on the iPad in .MP4 format after installing OneDrive. *shrug* Better than nothing I guess.
I’ve been watching the majority of the World Cup in my Mancave. I thought I had a good setup. I’ve been using Linux Mint to stream games to a TV through Chrome. Unfortunately, it has recently been a gong show. I have streaming issues all the time. The video craps out, glitches, the screen goes black etc. etc. It is beyond annoying when watching live sports. (it is the OS – since I have the same issues in Firefox and Chromium) So regrettably, I’ve switched back to Windows 10. I continue trying to use Linux as a daily driver and it always lets me down. There is ALWAYS SOMETHING that makes me switch back. Sigh. So far, Windows is flawless.
After another disappointing effort – Poland are out. At least Germany won.
Watched Mother! this weekend. What a headtrip. More of a long allegory than a movie with a plot. Really bizarre film. Great acting. I had to google the film to understand what the hell was going on. Once the allegory is explained the movie makes a bit more sense. Likely not for everyone. I found it entertaining and confusing.
The Sabres have officially drafted Dahlin and didn’t resign Lehner – so next season is already looking up.
It looks like TFC have quit. Yesterday’s effort was embarrassing.
Steam’s Summer Sale is on! Strangely I’m not finding my games I’m interested in. Not that I’m flushed with funds anyway. When I went to EB if they didn’t have any SNES I would have converted the EB Gift Cards I had to Steam dollars. I don’t know why I didn’t think to do that earlier. I’ve had the cards since Christmas. *snort*
Bdot and I did a first ever weeknight bike ride last night. We hit a few Mountain Bike trails in Palgrave. It was quite exhilerating. There are trails in there we have never seen. It may become habit forming.
Oh Kurwa! The Poles at the World Cup:
- Own goal.
- Beat by lower ranked team.
- No call in the box, late in the game.
Poland being Poland. Sigh.
It was stupid hot this weekend. Feels like: the surface of Mars. It was over 40C. So, I pretty much would hide from the Ball of light at that temperature. But we did the opposite and found some respite in Georgian Bay. We planned a day trip to Awenda Provincial Park. The plan was to bring the bikes and hit the beach. Having bikes at a PP is awesome. If you have bikes – always – bring them to a Provincial Park. It is a bit of a drive, but when it gets so hot, you have to be near water. The bikes allowed us to park and get to the furthest beach (#4), with all our stuff: sunshade, food, chairs. We were going to go for a longer ride, but we arrived a little later than we thought we would. So we went directly to the beach. Time seemed to pass quickly, so it was a good decision to get as much chill time by the water as we could. The water was quite cold but really refreshing under the baking Sun. It was a great afternoon. It wasn’t too busy either. We’ve always wondered why PPs are always full of non-English first speakers. NOT a criticism, just a curiosity. We figure because it is affordable and easy for larger families. (Awenda has a per carload fee not per person for day use) *shrug*
Huh. Well, I guess it isn’t surprising. 45 and his repugnant Republican thugs have an appalling, viscous policy that separates parents from children entering into the U.S. illegally. The policy has been condemned worldwide and by the U.N.. 45 dopes along like a moron, finger pointing and spouting rhetoric (as usual) instead of actually doing something about it. It is a heartbreaking and sad state of affairs for the U.S. The clown and his gutless bunch of ass kissers can’t be impeached soon enough. Such an embarrassment.